From Sorority Girl to Sommelier

Guest Blog Christine Collier from @southernORwine I may look more like a sorority girl than a sommelier, but that is exactly the reason I am pursuing my Court of Master Sommeliers certification. I want to level out the playing field with more formal wine knowledge to offset my 23 year-old, blonde, perky self. As a wine blogger and social marketing coordinator for an Oregon winery, many questioned why I was pursuing the Court of Master Sommeliers program instead of the Masters of Wine. And to tell you the truth, the first reason was the higher cost of the MW, but more importantly, […]

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Vinturi Aerator and Wine Review!

“It looks like a sculpture.” “What are those mesh things…does that thing have speakers?!” These were the reactions from the wife and the boy when I set up the Vinturi Deluxe Aerator. When wino friends showed up later that evening for wine and dessert, they ooohed and ahhhed, exclaiming, “I’ve got to have one!” I’m not sure paying $80 for a conversation piece is worth it, but I have paid more for things that are far more useless and look way less cool! So, why would you possibly be in the market for a Vinturi Aerator? Simple…in a word…impatience. We […]

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HR5034 is Focus of Spokane News

HR5034 Is Bad for Business  Click to watch the video. The story is the first story and lasts through the 3:30 mark. Local news station, KHQ News picks up on HR5034 and speaks to Timothy Nodland of Nodland Cellars. I was honored to be a part of the broadcast to help bring the bills potentially devestating impact to light. How can YOU get involved. Contact your representative. The bill is currently in the House of Representatives and has 80+ sponsors. The more people that voice their opposition, the greater the impact. Use this tool on FreetheGrapes.com to easily contact your […]

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A Consumers Perspective: Social Media and Wine

WELCOME GUEST BLOGGER Melinda Knapp There is a lot of talk about social media in the wine world these days.  For me personally, social media has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people who share my love of the grape.  As well as connecting with those in the industry. However, the question that often comes up when wineries are considering the jump into social media is – What is my return on investment (ROI)?  This is something that is really hard to gauge. Now, while I am certainly no expert in marketing, I am one in consuming.  I buy […]

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Wine Accessories: Tools for the Journey Ahead

WELCOME GUEST BLOGGER Joshua Sweeney A favorite saying among online wine reviewers is that wine is a journey, not a destination. What this means is that we should be drinking wine for the experience of it, not the effect. When you’re in college (and this is the cliché that we always fall back on, as if there aren’t discerning drinkers pursuing a higher degree), quaffing whatever beverage loaded with a high alcohol percentage is proffered to us, any plastic cup filled from any jug, cooler, bathtub, or keg will do. Once we move beyond the destination of drinking to get drunk […]

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